I attended Mass on the Vigil of the Epiphany. Fr. Richard was the celebrant. Below are my words summarizing his excellent homily.
Father Richard compared and contrasted the search for the Child Jesus by the Magi and Herod. He remarked that the Magi went where the Lord led them and their reward was to be able to worship the Child Jesus as gentiles.
Herod, on the other hand, was seeking the Child Jesus to hold on to his earthly power. He feared the Child and sought to keep his power by doing it his way and not God's way.
Father Richard reminded us that when we follow God's way, listen to Him, give Him all we are, and Trust Him, we will grow closer to God.
The trick is to follow the Way of the Lord. What God wants us to do is not easy. It is, often, not what we want to do, but in the end, His way should be our way.
Thanks, Padre! Your words are most appreciated and loved!